For her photographic assemblages, Miki Baird layers and repeats images to create three-dimensional, undulating structures. The photos are taken by the artist, snapped on the streets in her everyday life or shot from the window of her car during her daily commute. She finds herself following unidentified people she encounters, using her camera to focus in on images of intriguing yet common moments that surround her.
In swatch…the weft and warp of red walker, Baird printed a selection of four frames in mass repetition, overlapping and arraying them to build up many layers and reveal the serpentine line pattern that the accumulated images generate. Mounting the layers on a flexible felt framework allows the artist to manipulate the topography of the work as well—raising, twisting, and compressing parts of the surface to create a rippling landscape that evokes drapery, a striated geological formation, or a flag.